Good old Scottish scones have to be one of the easiest things to bake. Here is my quick and easy simple scones recipes to get you started. Once you’ve nailed these you’ll be adding all sorts of extras and getting creative in the kitchen.
Scones are traditional tea table fair and very much a Scottish staple really. While they come in all different types from cheese or fruit to treacle, these are the basics to get you started.
Whether you like your scones with cream and jam or with butter as they just come out of the oven, this recipe for simple scones should tick all the boxes for you.
This recipe for simple scones comes from my book Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes which you can find on my book page.
Once into that, you’ll find yourself baking up a storm and have a kitchen liberally covered in flour and yourself at least half a stone heavier if you eat all your lovely bakes. I certainly put on that much weight and more when I was writing the book.
Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
Milk (or buttermilk)
How to make them
You want your butter to be chilled so you can rub it in with the flour, sugar and salt to get a nice breadcrumb-like mixture before adding the egg and milk which you whisk together first.
Mix, roll, and cut out then bake. These are so easy to make and homemade scones always taste far better than any you can buy in the shops.
Once you have made these simple scones you’ll be whipping them up on a regular basis, a great way to show off your lovely homemade jams and jellies that you’ll find all over this blog, just check out my homemade jams section for loads of ideas.
Of course, the traditional way to serve these is with cream and jam as you do in a cream tea. Go on, go for it, forget the calories and just enjoy!
How long do they keep?
I’ll be honest, they don’t really keep well. You can eat them the day after you bake them but they are always best fresh. You can quickly warm them in the oven to refresh them.
Can you freeze scones?
Yes, you can. Just pop them into a freezer-proof container and they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before eating. I like to warm mine in the oven first.
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Quick and easy simple scones
- 225 g self raising flour
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 Pinch salt
- 90 g unsalted butter diced and chilled
- 1 egg
- 50 ml milk
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with paper
- Sift flour, salt and sugar into large bowl and gently rub in the butter with fingertips to make breadcrumb like mixture
- In separate bowl whisk egg with milk
- Stir in the eggy milk till you get a workable dough and tip out on to floured surface
- Roll out to 3-4cm (1 ½”) thick and cut into rounds
- Bake for 12 mins or until golden and cool on wire rack (makes 10)
- Serve with cream and jam